Michael Henry has worked in the Third Sector for almost 30 years and is a founding Director of Communities Inc. Michael’s practical experience is underpinned by both management and marketing qualifications which have helped him work at all levels to inspire and develop innovative, creative but practical solutions to challenges within society.
Michael is experienced in developing and facilitating dialogue-based projects both at strategic and grass-roots levels. ‘He was trained by ‘Hope in the Cities’ (in Richmond, Virginia); in the facilitation of Dialogues on race, reconciliation and partnership-building.
Michael has worked as a consultant for Nottingham Trent University during which time he established a BME consultative forum to act as an interface between the NTU and Nottingham’s BME community.
A graduate of Nottingham Common Purpose Programme (1992/3), Michael was a member of the Nottingham Common Purpose Advisory Group and a regular contributor to their leadership programmes. He has played a key role in the design and delivery of the Future Leaders of Nottingham Programme, which promotes diversity at senior management level in Nottingham’s public sector.
He also sits on the Boards of local charities Enable and PATRA Inc. ACDA two of Nottingham’s’ key voluntary sector organisations. Michael is an equality and social inclusion representative on the European Social Investment Fund board of the Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2) and a member of the Independent Remuneration Board of Nottingham City Council.
In 2001 Michael received an award from Nottingham City Council for his contribution towards the promotion of good race relations in the city. In 2009 he won the Business in the Community (Marks & Spencer sponsored) Sieff Award for the East Midlands. The award recognises individuals, based in the community, who have successfully collaborated with the business community to benefit society.
Shamsher first started her work in the voluntary sector as a volunteer with the Terrence Higgins Trust in London in 1988. She then became active as a volunteer and paid worker in the HIV sector, being a board member of the Black Communities AIDS Team in Leeds, Volunteer at Leicestershire AIDS Support Service and the Black HIV/AIDS Forum in Manchester. Shamsher attended and presented research that she had done at 5 International and Asia and the Pacific AIDS conferences up to 1996.
Shamsher started supporting small groups with their development in 1998 when she worked at Voluntary Action Stoke-on-Trent, where she also became involved in the development of the National Compact joining the National Compact Working Group and being the Vice Chair of the BME Compact Sub Group.
Shamsher has been involved in many voluntary organisations locally, regionally and nationally and was one of the founding members of the national BME infrastructure organisation Voice4Change England (V4CE) securing the funding from the Active Communities Unit (Home Office) for a conference that preceded V4CE establishment. She was the first CEO of Voice East Midlands, London Regional Director for CEMVO and the Mainstreaming Equalities Manager at Government Office London.
Shamsher is passionate about tackling inequalities and has worked as a consultant prior to Communities Inc for the Community Development Foundation, Charities Evaluation Services and V4CE. Her other passion is Community Development and she was the Chair of the Community Development Exchange for 5 years as well as being a Board member of Urban Forum. She remains active on the national scene as a Director of the Community Sector Coalition and supporter of the National activists Network.
In 2001 Shamsher was noted as the Rising Star under 40 for the East Midlands by The Guardian newspaper.
Shamsher has always taken her own personal development seriously and as a result is a Common Purpose graduate, Firewalk Instructor, NLP Trainer, Shamanic Practitioner and a Stage Hypnotist.
Phil McCauley is serial entrepreneur. He holds an MA in Politics and Social Policy and is Industrial Fellow of The University of Nottingham. Phil is Chairman of Blackstar Amplification and an investor in numerous high-growth start ups. He has taken a company public on the NYSE. He is a composer. He enjoys helping community organisations fulfill their potential and is a great supporter of the arts.
Raluca is interested in international development, gender inequality and human rights.She has recently worked as a VSO Volunteer in Ghana on TENI, a project that focuses in inclusive education for children with disability and vulnerable girls. This experience has inspired her to promote active citizenship, get involved in decision making and pursue a career in international development. She is in the process of applying for a Masters Degree at the University of Birmingham which focuses on Inequality, Poverty and Development.
Apart from her job at Communities Inc, Raluca also work as a Youth Volunteer Selector for VSO London. On her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, keeping fit and working on her art.
Kat is responsible for producing visual materials and delivering digital content here at Communities Inc. She has undergone thirteen-year education in various aspects of visual art including Applied Arts, Design, Photography and Painting. She has nine years of experience working on personal projects and commissions in various fields of visual arts ranging from graphic design to film making.
Outside of work, Kat is also involved with Surface Gallery as Exhibitions and Design Coordinator. She enjoys working on her personal projects, visit exhibitions and read art theory books.
Lyndon is our Building Stronger Communities Project Worker. His role is to help people, communities and organisations to identify and report hate crime, and educate about the effects it has on communities and individuals. He has previously worked in youth and community organisations and as freelance trainer with over 30 years experience promoting equality and community cohesion.
Anthony has experience working in the public, private and third sector in the UK and overseas. His work in the third sector started in 2003 at Toxteth CAB. Anthony has since managed various projects across London including a multi-borough mental health project, peer educators project aimed at addressing sexual violence in gang affected areas in addition to several young person’s research projects. He also played a central role in establishing a transformative justice forum to address hate crime comprised of cross-sector partners including Metropolitan Police, London Probation, Association of Chief Police Officers and experts from the third sector. Anthony holds a BA in International Development, MSc Social Policy and is presently undertaking a PhD in the field of race, criminal justice and mental health. He is also a co-director at Account CIC and Every Voice, Islington.
Arwa is driven by her passion to serve communities and to galvanise the power that exists within the grassroots to inspire positive change. She is well versed in a variety of community development methods and has experience in coordinating projects in the voluntary and community sector.
Arwa delivers the Nottingham Speaks project, which seeks to create dialogue between Nottingham’s diverse communities, as well as encourage witnesses of hate crime to speak out against what they see. The project is particularly targeted at engaging BME, white working class and Eastern European communities with the aim of providing these communities with the platform to challenge the misconceptions and stereotypes they face.